Haddad Maia (L) reacts during her win over Iga Swiatek in Toronto on Thursday. AFP
The 26-year-old Haddad Maia beat a top-ranked player for the first time to become the first Brazilian woman to advance to the quarterfinal of a WTA 1000 tournament.
A back-to-back champion on the grass in Nottingham and Birmingham, she came to Toronto at a career-high 24th in the world.
"I had a lot of tough moments in my career,” Haddad Maia said. "I have already had four surgeries and I’m only 26 years old. So when I have special moments I try to enjoy. ” Swiatek had nine double faults to one for Haddad Maia.
"Right now it’s hard to say if it was more her game or the wind that really messed up my first set,” Swiatek said. "I think she just used the conditions better than me. "When she was playing with the wind she was playing really strong balls and sometimes I was late for them.”
Haddad Maia plays a shot against Iga Swiatek (not pictured). Reuters
Haddad Maia will face the winner of the late match between Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza.
Earlier, 10th-seeded Coco Gauff outlasted sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4). Sabalenka tossed her racket in frustration after surrendering the deciding point in the match that took 3 hours, 11 minutes.
Both players struggled with the wind at Sobeys Stadium, with Sabalenka committing 18 double faults and Gauff 15. Sabalenka, from Belarus, had 42 unforced errors, 10 more than her American opponent.
Gauff will face Romania’s Simona Halep. Halep, the 2016 and 2018 tournament winner in Montreal, beat Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-2, 7-5.
Also, seventh-seeded Jessica Pegula of the United States topped Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.
In the night session, Bianca Andreescu, the Canadian who won the event in 2019 in Toronto, dropped out with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 loss to 19-year-old Zheng Qinwen of China.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also won at night, topping third-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-7 (9), 6-3.
The 20-year-old picked up her 23rd straight victory as she added Stuttgart to title wins in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami. Swiatek was relentless, breaking Sabalenka's serve twice in the opening set, then greeting every point won with a clenched fist of celebration to seal a 6-2, 6-2 win.
The Polish 20-year-old has now become only the fourth — and youngest — player to win the "Sunshine Double" of Indian Wells and Miami in the same year following Steffi Graf, Kim Cljisters and Victoria Azarenka.
The 27-yaer-old beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the last eight in Paris to become the first Brazilian woman in 55 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. She was eventually beaten by eventual champion Swiatek.
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